Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mr.unnatural, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

    Jan 7, 2005


    haha whoops, typo there
    But yeah it shows up when it airs
    Really annoying that you have to search to add it the first time to record
  2. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

    Nov 2, 2005
  3. gschrock

    gschrock Active Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    Hulu live + no ads going up $10 month. Not sure I'm seeing $71 worth of value there, but still need to find a way to get sports.
  4. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Up again?!!?! $10 more?!?! It's already pretty expensive!
  5. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006


    I had Hulu basic for a while when they offered it at something like $1.99 per month, but I never watched it so I eventually dropped it. My Disney+ just came up for renewal and I just dropped that one as well. I still get Amazon with Prime and I also subscribe to Netflix, neither of which I watch all that much, but the grand kids like the kids shows so we'll keep it. Most of the things I watch are on FIOS or OTA with a handful of streaming shows when the mood strikes me. When you add up all of the costs involved to get the shows you want from the various services it adds up pretty quick. Cable starts looking a lot better as an alternative when you see what just a few streaming services will cost you. I know that a lot of people will sign up for a service just to watch one season of a particular show and then drop the service, but I'd rather not have to deal with that. My wife only watches the classic movie channels and doesn't even bother tuning to the HD versions of those channels, which frustrates the heck out of me.
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  6. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Been saying exactly this for awhile now. Sports is a major issue for me, ease of finding things in one place is another (though getting better), sound quality, dependence on the internet, lackluster DVR services, and streaming limits (concurrent streams) are others. And now, as the popularity is rising, the content will get more expensive, and the streamers will raise prices. And because of this, we are seeing sports disappearing quickly.
  7. hapster85

    hapster85 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2016
    My subscription renewal is on the 26th, so I'll have one more at the current rate. May give Sling Blue a look after that, idk.
  8. mlsnyc

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 2, 2009
    From what I've read here and heard from my friends, this is not an issue and maybe even a plus. For people who don't like sports, their issue with the traditional model is they have to pay for the programming which drive up costs for something they don't watch. For those who do like sports, well, a good friend of mine who only watches TV for sports has totally cut the cord. He says it's a huge PITA but he finds a way to watch the games.
  9. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Can't argue that for folks who don't watch sports (where I'm seeing most of the cord cutting) there almost certainly a cost savings. As I'm an avid sports fan, which during normal times is probably 30% of my TV viewing, cord cutting is not an option and completely becoming less so, at least for those of us who live in the NYC Demo. I love that I have the option to watch:

    All three local RSNs
    The sport centric networks like NFL Network, MLB Network, MLB Network, etc.
    ESPN and all of it's iterations.
    FSN, NBCSN (a must for me as a hockey fan), CBSSN
    NFL Sunday Ticket (though I don't normally sub to this, I'm getting it as a freebie this year)

    Is there any one streamer that gives me at least the first 4? I know the answer to that.

    At this point streaming to replace SAT is a non starter. I'm sure your friend has ways to watch what he wants, but I'll bet it's a PITA to figure that all out.
  10. pdhenry

    pdhenry Ruthless

    Feb 27, 2005
    My YTTV lineup has
    • the NBC regionals (2 Philly, one DC) (varies by market, obviously)
    • ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, SEC Network, ACCN, ESPNU, BIG 10 Network
    • MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, Golf Channel, Tennis Network, Olympic Channel
    • FS1, FS2, CBS Sports Nework, NBCSN
  11. mlsnyc

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 2, 2009
    And even worse than that, we're Yankee fans and YES network is no longer on Hulu Live, which was the last streaming provider to offer it. So we're outta luck unless we have Cable/Satellite. My friend who cut the cord isn't a Yankee fan, but his wife is a rabid one. She's making do with checking the score online if the game is on Yes.
  12. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    You can play games with VPNs and such to try and get MLB AB, but I don't want to do that. MSG Network, which is important to me even more than the Yankees because of the Rangers) isn't available on any of the major streamers (but I think on the one that's sports oriented, Fubo I think?) So for me, to watch that my choices are cable and DirecTV, period.
  13. Allanon

    Allanon Active Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    FUBO.TV has a lot of what you listed plus more. Look at the
    Elite Plan.
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  14. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Currently with streaming, the two prime pushers of rates is having the locals and sports. If you can get those two without streaming, there is real savings to be had. But add either or both to your streaming choices and the costs are getting very close to cable/sat.

    For sports the Sinclair/Fox RSNs seem to be the harder ones to get streaming. Unless I’m missing something it seems that only ATT TV (and Now) have them. But minimum cost with any ATT TV streaming version subscription levels that have those RSNs is $80/month.
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    That's the one I was thinking of, but I see YES Network is no longer offered. Thus it's a non-starter
  16. gschrock

    gschrock Active Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    We only have one regional sports network here, so that's a little easier. I also don't care too much about nfl tv, nhl tv, etc - those sports specific ones. I do want espn, and big ten network. Between those and the regionals, I'd probably get about 90% of the sports I tend to watch.

    I'm finding that except for the sports part, I never use the "live" part of hulu live. Makes it tough swallowing another $10 increase.

    I'm not going back to cable, that's not really an option. Quite honesty, the HD picture here kept getting worse and worse, so it was already on my nerves anyways. I may just have to reconsider what sports I watch, I've been annoyed with some of them anways lately.
  17. kcarl75

    kcarl75 Active Member TCF Club

    Oct 23, 2002
    Southern NH
    I think I'm going to do the Hulu 1.99 for 12 months tomorrow - Hulu Help
    Not a fan of ads, but that's pretty nice.

    Has anyone seen if Amazon is doing any Black Friday promotions for channels within Prime Video? My Prime day specials for Showtime and Starz run out next month.
  18. gossamer88

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx
    Hulu deal is live.

    FYI: My buddy, who did last years deal went for it but it kept getting declined despite using a new email/cc. I suggested he use his phones hotspot and it worked.
  19. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    If you're a Sprint customer, you can get Hulu w/Ads for free.
  20. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I went to cancel my Hulu subscription that I started with last year's BF deal and is about to expire. I got a screen that says

    "Get 1 Month of Hulu
    Try our ad-supported plan. Only $1.99/month after offer period. FYI, you'll lose access to any free trials immediately. If you are subscribed to the Disney bundle, you'll give up Disney+ and ESPN+.

    After your offer period, and at the end of any applicable discounts, you will be charged $1.99/month plus taxes, if any, on a recurring basis. If you cancel during your offer period, you will not be charged. Your subscription will continue until you cancel. To cancel, log into the Hulu website, go to your account page, and follow the instructions. By selecting 'Take Offer,' you agree to this recurring charge."

    So does this mean if I accept this offer it just extends the $1.99 Hulu deal that I'm currently on indefinitely after giving me a free month? I'm not sure if there's some catch that I'm not seeing.

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